JV Lady Chargers give strong effort, lose to Mathews
The Middlesex High JV Lady Chargers suffered a 3-game overtime loss to district rival Mathews Tuesday night at MHS, 25-15, 19-25 and 18-16.
In other action, the Lady Charger JVs defeated the visiting King William Cavaliers 26-24 and 25-20 on October 6, and downed King and Queen 25-16 and 25-16 on October 8.
“The girls really turned on their defense against King William and it made a huge difference,” said MHS coach Ashland Burch. “I saw confidence and aggression on the court, and the girls were moving right to the ball.”
The score was tight for all of game one against King William, and Middlesex pulled out a 26-24 overtime victory. “We made a few service errors throughout the night that really held us back,” said Burch.
Team captain Bridgette Self was the star passer for the night. “Her passes were smooth, and allowed us to attack everything,” said Burch.
Emily Britton and Jordan Walton both did excellent jobs of setting. “Emily is fast on her feet and gets everything up,” Burch said, “and Jordan does a great job of pushing the ball to just the right place.”
Britton also had a good night serving.
The second game started slow for Middlesex. “We had too many missed passes right off the bat,” said Burch. “Thankfully, on the passes we did make, we were able to set up the attack and win back the serve.
“Heather Blankenship did a wonderful job of serving consistently and bringing us back into play,” Burch said. “She had an 8-point serving run.”
Once the energy was back on the Middlesex side of the court, sophomore Emily Britton and eight-grader Brittin Payne played hard and tall at the net, Burch said. “They were relentless on everything coming back over the net. All the girls on the court did an excellent job of covering our hitters and shifting on the court.”
Although the second game started slow, the MHS girls fought hard and pulled out a 25-20 victory.
On October 8, Middlesex won both matches at King and Queen, 25-16 and 25-16.
Brooke Rowe did a good job playing middle for the JV Lady Chargers. “She was aggressive and made good decisions,” said Burch.
Breanna Tabor had a strong top-spin serve and attacked the ball well, Burch said.
Eighth-graders Anna Shaw and Lilah Beebe also had a good night on the court. “Beebe had a few awesome hits from the middle, and Shaw did a good job defensively,” said Burch. “I am just just so proud to see how far all of these girls have come. Each player has improved so much on the court. The girls are continuing to work hard and I have raised the bar on what I expect from all sixteen players.”
The Middlesex JV Lady Chargers volleyball team fell to West Point in the first district match-up on Tuesday, September 29.
Middlesex will host West Point tonight, October 15, and is at King William on Thursday, October 22. MHS’s last home game is Tuesday, October 27, against K&Q. JV games are at 6 p.m. and the varsity plays at 7:30 p.m.